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NOUN (2)

1. a minor match preceding the main event;
[syn: preliminary, prelim]

2. something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows;
- Example: "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"
- Example: "drinks were the overture to dinner"
[syn: preliminary, overture, prelude]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important; designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding;
- Example: "a preliminary investigation"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Preliminary \Pre*lim"i*na*ry\, a. [Pref. pre + L. liminaris belonging to a threshold, fr. limen, liminis, threshold, entrance: cf. F. pr['e]liminaire. Cf. Limit.] Introductory; previous; preceding the main discourse or business; prefatory; as, preliminary observations to a discourse or book; preliminary articles to a treaty; preliminary measures; preliminary examinations. [1913 Webster] Syn: Introductory; preparatory; prefatory; proemial; previous; prior; precedent; antecedent. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Preliminary \Pre*lim"i*na*ry\, n.; pl. Preliminaries. That which precedes the main discourse, work, design, or business; something introductory or preparatory; as, the preliminaries to a negotiation or duel; to take one's preliminaries the year before entering college. [1913 Webster] Syn: Introduction; preface; prelude. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

preliminary adj 1: denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important; designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding; "a preliminary investigation" n 1: a minor match preceding the main event [syn: preliminary, prelim] 2: something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner" [syn: preliminary, overture, prelude]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

117 Moby Thesaurus words for "preliminary": advance, advanced, antecedent, anterior, arrangement, avant-garde, avant-propos, basic training, beginning, breakthrough, briefing, chief, clearing the decks, coming out, curtain raiser, debut, embarkation, embarkment, equipment, exordial, exordium, exploratory, familiarization, first, first appearance, fixing, floating, flotation, foremost, forerunning, foreword, foundation, front matter, frontispiece, groundwork, headmost, inaugural, inaugural address, inauguration, induction, initial, initiation, initiatory, innovation, installation, installment, introduction, introductory, launching, leading, leap, maiden speech, makeready, making ready, manufacture, mobilization, opener, opening, original, overture, planning, postulate, preamble, prearrangement, precedence, precedent, preceding, precessional, precursory, preface, prefatory, prefix, prefixed, prefixture, preliminaries, preliminary act, preliminary step, prelude, preludial, prelusive, premise, premonitory, prep, preparation, preparatory, preparatory study, preparing, prepositive, prepping, prerequisite, presupposition, pretreatment, prevenient, prior, processing, prodromal, prodrome, prodromic, proem, proemial, prolegomena, prolegomenon, prolepsis, prologue, propaedeutic, protasis, provision, readying, spadework, training, treatment, trial, tryout, unveiling, verse, voluntary, warm-up
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

PRELIMINARY. Something which precedes, as preliminaries of peace, which are the first sketch of a treaty, and contain the principal articles on which both parties are desirous of concluding, and which are to serve as the basis of the treaty.